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Malavika Velayanikal

Idea-chaser, trivia-junkie, inua. Malavika is a fictionista moonlighting as a scribe. She detests desks, will find excuse to step out of cube and go far to hear a good story. She dreams of teaching yoga in the mountains, but for now, is in love with entrepreneurs and innovators. Her passion for storytelling has found a perfect match with the protean world of startups. How to tell their tales in compelling ways consumes her. She's mostly based in Bangalore, India. You can tweet her @vmalu or email her at malavika@techinasia.com with news tips, story ideas or feedback.
Thanks, Korawad. Can you illustrate how the culture is at a different stage in India compared to China?

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I’m Korawad, 20 years old. CEO and founder of Eko, enterprise workplace chat app. AMA!
Hi Korawad. What's the ecosystem around an enterprise chat app, and how does it differ from one region to another?

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I’m Korawad, 20 years old. CEO and founder of Eko, enterprise workplace chat app. AMA!
Is it the same in India, Paras?

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How Southeast Asia’s ecommerce startups close customers with email
Flipkart knows it has the lion's share of the market currently. By forcing users to install its apps, it can keep future rivals at bay because users will keep a limited number of apps. Is that a reason for the move?

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Why going ‘mobile only’ is bad for Flipkart
That's a good idea, Prakhar. But will the existing players invite a potential rival to share their space? Maybe they can tie up with food outlets though.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
RBI gave licences to 11 payment banks recently - they can handle payments but cannot lend money. Do the wallets get affected by that?

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Flipkart just found a way to solve its epayment problem
Thanks, Chaitanya. Do you see a possibility that Starbucks, CCD etc will start delivering coffee on demand through a food delivery app?

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Thanks Rakshit and Chaitanya for joining this interesting discussion. Will dive into your coffee data one day soon!

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Thank you, Prakhar. I agree the offline players can't ignore the possibilities opening up online. As for DropKaffe having an offline presence for awareness, that seems a very expensive way of getting it. Much better to invest in digital marketing efforts.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Vietnamese dictionary, interesting. But, like you mentioned, it has to go beyond translation to be really useful to apps and portals. Thanks for sharing the link!

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This startup helps online businesses smash one of their biggest barriers in Asia
70% margin, hmm... this does make it clearer. They will need lots of localized centers for delivery though - to make sure the coffee arrives steaming hot.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Well, if older businesses could jump in so easily into the internet game, there would be no disruption in any industry, right?

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Thanks for sharing this, Tan. Get'nGo looks cool, although I couldn't read the Vietnamese... DropKaffe told me they're not going to insist on a minimum order either. Wonder how much that will cost them in the initial phase.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Thanks for joining the discussion, James. I agree, Starbucks is not just about coffee, but a place to hang out. But I believe any internet play is ultimately a threat to a brick-and-mortar operation. Think of how much Starbucks has to keep investing to scale up. Wonder where on-demand coffee will go if it catches on.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Spot on. Maybe they need some data analytics to get smarter at this. Their earlier startup was named SmartOn - maybe they need a bit of that in DropKaffe ;)

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Well, their coffee beans are freshly ground - and that's the key to a good coffee, apart from the quality of beans, of course. Starbucks in India sources most of its coffee beans from Indian producers, by the way.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Bangalore startups often end up shifting their HQ to Singapore - so you might get lucky!

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Yes, much cheaper, and they have a wide range, from international varieties to the filter coffee that South Indians die for.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Nishant's suggestion for a subscription service appears made to order for you :)

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks
Good idea, Nishant. I'm sure DropKaffe will take note. Only question is if we like our coffee at certain fixed times or anytime we get the urge for a caffeine fix.

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They left dream jobs in New York to disrupt Starbucks